A huge regeneration project will create new homes, shops, and local amenities, while swathes of open spaces and local businesses already populate the neighbourhood.
Mitcham is on the up, and many renters have cast their eyes in its direction for their next move. In our latest London guide, we're bringing you the lowdown on the CR4 postcode and what makes the area appealing.
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History of Mitcham
In Old English, the name Mitcham means Big Settlement, which may reference its status as a once significant Roman stronghold. There was also an Anglo-Saxon presence, with many finds from this time on display at the British Museum.
Mitcham has a royal past, with Queen Elizabeth I making several visits during her reign. She even plays a role in local folklore, as it's believed the then-Queen granted charter to the local fairground, which is said to be the oldest in England.
It's during this time that the area became gentrified, thanks to the lavender fields that became known for soothing the air. However, the area rapidly expanded and became a town thanks to industrialisation, which saw many of the farms and rural settings in Mitcham disappear.
Who lives there?
Mitcham has a population of just over 60,000 according to the 2011 census. The median age is 34, and just over half of residents (54%) in the area rent their homes.
Renting in Mitcham
Regeneration is the name of the game in Mitcham, with a good blend of new housing and period properties from the Thirties to the Fifties. There's a £1.3 billion regeneration project of former council estates, while a plethora of new homes specifically designed for renting are in construction.
One-bedroom apartments in Mitcham typically rent for around £1,100 per month, while two-bedroom properties achieve in the region of £1,300. If you're looking for a larger home of three or more bedrooms, expect to pay from £1,650 per month.
Mitcham has access to two train stations: Mitcham Junction and Mitcham Eastfields. Both stations offer direct services to popular neighbourhoods like Victoria, Clapham and Balham. It's located in travel Zone 4.
Casuarina Tree is a restaurant, bar, hotel and beer garden all rolled into one. Relax in well-presented interiors that include wood beams and large bay windows while you enjoy a menu with tasty Indian and Sri Lankan dishes.
Gino's is the place to be if you're after a couple of delicious pizza or some delectable Italian cuisine. There's also an extensive selection of meat and fish dishes to tuck into, such as pollo milanese and branzino with its grilled sea bass.
Crown of Mitcham
Set in in a cosy pub, the Crown of Mitcham serves a range of cuisines that include Indian, Chinese, Japanese and British. Sample a fusion of food with delightful Asian delights followed by dishes like scampi, chips and peas.
Things to do in Mitcham
Morden Hall Park
Owned by the National Trust, Morden Hall Park is one of the many open spaces in and around Mitcham. With 50 hectares of parkland to discover, a visit here is your chance to bask in local nature and enjoy the surroundings, such as the River Wandle.
There isn't much going on in Mitcham High Street, in all honesty. However, Mitcham residents are only a few miles from Wimbledon Village with its boutique stores, art galleries and interior stores.
It really is all about the open spaces in Mitcham, with Mitcham Common providing 186 hectares of green space (larger than Hyde Park) to wander. The common is also the site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.
Moving to Mitcham
Mitcham looks set to be a London hotspot within a couple of years, which means getting in early might be a savvy move. Rents are lower when compared to nearby neighbourhoods, and there are a plethora of scenic open spaces to enjoy as well as handy transport links to kickstart your Mitcham journey.